Faiza Patel serves as codirector of the Brennan Center’s Liberty & National Security Program. She has testified before Congress opposing the dragnet surveillance of Muslims, organized advocacy efforts against state laws designed to incite fear of Islam, and developed legislation creating an independent inspector general for the New York Police Department.
Patel has authored or coauthored several Brennan Center reports and is a frequent commentator on national security and counterterrorism issues for media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, Guardian, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, NPR, New York Daily News, and National Law Journal. She has published widely in academic outlets as well.
Before joining the Brennan Center, Patel worked as a senior policy officer at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague and clerked for Judge Rustam S. Sidhwa at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Born and raised in Pakistan, Patel is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Law.